Any U.S. person having foreign bank accounts with an aggregate value in excess of $10,000 at any time in tax year 2014 is required by law to file annual FBAR (FinCEN Form 114) by June 30, 2015. Any U.S. person (this is not limited to only U.S. citizens) who had foreign accounts (bank, securities, insurance and/or annuity policies, mutual funds, etc.) with aggregate value exceeding $10,000.00...Read More
Many people enjoy spending the warm summer days cooling off on the water in a boat. The Coast Guard sponsored National Safe Boating Week 2015 between May 16-22 to promote boating safety awareness. This year’s motto was “Wear It!” to encourage people to wear life jackets while boating.
Unfortunately, every summer, the news is filled with tragic stories of people being killed or...Read More
In the sweltering heat of the summer, many people find it refreshing to spend time swimming in their pools. While pools provide great exercise, recreation and relaxation, accidents can occur as a result of negligence or horseplay. Homeowners have a duty to take caution in preventing accidents, or then can be held liable. Failure to exercise due care around the swimming pool can result in...Read More
Many questions have been raised in the last few years about liability issues stemming from the practices of Airbnb. Recently, there have been several newsworthy instances regarding Airbnb liability issues. In the latest publicized case, a 58 year old American man traveling with his wife in Argentina suffered a serious dog bite from the host’s Rottweiler. In a country without the liability...Read More
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has estimated that 2 million Americans a year are subjected to violence in the workplace. Specifically, there has been new light shed on the violence that many health care providers face on a daily basis. More specifically, nurses are the most likely to experience violence, with up to 82% of emergency room nurses reporting that they have been the...Read More
A 52-year-old construction worker, who specialized in iron working, was killed on, February 24, 2015, when steel beams intended for the new environmentally-friendly roof at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center fell off and stuck him.
According to reports, the worker was part of a team installing the vegetative green roofing near the Atlantic Avenue side of the arena around 1 p.m. when four beams...Read More
Recently on January 21, 2015, a fire swept through prospect heights damaging local businesses, destroying personal residences, and leaving one man dead.
According to reports, the fire department received a call about a fire on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights around 3:30 in the morning. In total, about 198 firefighters were called to the scene to get the fire under control, which...Read More
All property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is safe. This means that property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain safe and secure property conditions at all times. This includes insuring that the building has no structural defects that could cause an accident, both inside and out. Property owners who do not properly maintain their locations may be subject...Read More
Popular app-based car services like Uber and Lyft are premised on a concept called ride-sharing, which allows nearly anyone to use their own car to make money transporting passengers. In New York City, such services have become nearly as common as the yellow cab. Because some drivers have little experience with passenger transportation, they rely on Uber or Lyft to direct them on critical work...Read More
In December 2010, nearly 500 passengers were left to their own devices in a stalled A-train car for over 10 hours. To make matters worse, the incident occurred during the middle of a massive snowstorm which shut down the city with two feet of snow. Recently a small number of passengers were paid $2,500 each for compensatory damages. According to the Metro Transit Authority (MTA), the...Read More